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Learn about the Battleship Wisconsin!

Berthed at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided tour or, with an additional charge, our guided Topside Tour that will take you back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle stars during WW II.

PLEASE NOTE: The City of Norfolk has assumed stewardship of the Battleship Wisconsin, which is now included in regular Nauticus admission. Admission fees help preserve and maintain the battleship for future generations.

The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is owned and operated by the United States Navy and located on level two of Nauticus. The museum houses a rich collection of authentic uniforms, weaponry, underwater artifacts, detailed ship models and artwork. For more information, please visit www.hrnm.navy.mil.


Battleship Wisconsin (BB-64), an Iowa-class battleship, was the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the 30th state. Her keel was laid down on January 25, 1941 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was launched on December 7, 1943 sponsored by Mrs. Walter S. Goodland, and commissioned on April 16, 1944, with Captain Earl E. Stone in command.

After her trials and initial training in the Chesapeake Bay, Wisconsin departed Norfolk, Virginia, on July 7, 1944, bound for the British West Indies. Following her shakedown, conducted out of Trinidad, the third Iowa-class battleship to join the Fleet returned to her builder’s yard for post-shakedown repairs and alterations.


  • Displacement – 45,000 tons
  • Displacement – 58,000 tons loaded
  • Length – 887′ 3″
  • Beam – 108′ 2″
  • Draft – 37′ 8″
  • Speed – 33 knots
  • Complement – 1,600
  • Armament – 9 16″, 20 5″, 80 40mm., 49 20mm.
  • Propulsion: Steam turbines, 8 600 psi boilers, 4 shafts, 212,000 shp
  • Class – Iowa

Battleship Wisconsin Chronology

  • January 25, 1941 – Keel Laid Down by Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard
  • December 7, 1943 – Launched
  • April 16, 1944 – Commissioned
  • July 1, 1948 – Decommissioned
  • March 3, 1951 – Recommissioned for Korean War Service
  • March 8, 1958 – Decommissioned
  • October 22, 1988 – Recommissioned as part of President Reagan’s 600 Ship Navy
  • September 30, 1991 – Decommissioned
  • February 12, 1998 – Reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register, in reserve
  • December 7, 2000 – Battleship Wisconsin Moved To Nauticus Berthing


Combat Action Ribbon
  • Korea: November 20 1951 – March 31 1952
  • Persian Gulf: January 17 1991 – February 28 1991

The Combat Action Ribbon (CAR) is a personal military decoration of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps, and which is awarded to those who, in any grade including and below that of a Captain in the Navy (or Colonel in the Marine Corps), have actively participated in ground or surface combat. The Combat Action Ribbon is also awarded to members of the United States Coast Guard when operating under the control of the Navy.

Navy Unit Commendation
  • Persian Gulf: Jan 17 1991 – Feb 28 1991

This commendation is awarded by the Secretary to any ship, aircraft, detachment, or other unit of the United States Navy or Marine Corps which has since December 6 1941 distinguished itself in action against the enemy with outstanding heroism not sufficient to justify award of the Presidential Unit Citation (US). It is also awarded for non-combat service, in support of military operations, which was outstanding when compared to other units or organizations performing similar service.

American Campaign Medal
  • World War II

To be awarded the American Campaign Medal, a service member was required to either perform one year of consecutive duty within the continental borders of the United States, or perform 30 consecutive days/60 non-consecutive days of duty outside the borders of the United States but within the American Theater of Operations. The American Theater was defined as the entirety of the United States to include most of the Atlantic Ocean, a portion of Alaska, and a small portion of the Pacific bordering California and Baja California. The eligibility dates of the American Campaign Medal were from December 7, 1941 to March 2, 1946.

Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
  • Leyte Operation: December 1944
  • Luzon Operation: December 1944 – January 1945
  • Iwo Jim Operation: February 1945 – March 1945
  • Okinawa Gunto Operation: March 1945 – June 1945
  • Third Fleet Operations Against Japan: July 1945 – August 1945

The Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal is a service decoration of the Second World War which was awarded to any member of the United States military who served within the Asiatic/Pacific Theater between December 7 1941 and March 2 1946

WWII Victory Medal
  • WWII: 1945

The WW II Victory Medal commemorates military service during the Second World War and is awarded to any member of the United States military, including members of the armed forces of the Government of the Philippine Islands, who served on active duty, or as a reservist, between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946.

Navy Occupation Service
  • Asia: September 2-24, 1945

The Navy Occupation Service Medal is a decoration of the United States Navy which was issued to Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel who participated in the European and Asian occupation forces following the close of the Second World War. The decoration was also bestowed to personnel who performed duty in West Berlin between 1945 and 1990.

National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Star)
  • Korea: 1951-1953
  • Persian Gulf: 1990

The National Defense Service Medal was awarded for honorable active service for any period between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954; between January 1, 1961 and August 14, 1974; between August 2, 1990 and November 30, 1995 and between September 11, 2001 and a closing date to be determined.

Korean Service Medal (1 Bronze Star)
  • November 20, 1951 – March 31, 1952

The Korean Service Medal is the primary United States decoration for participation in the Korean War and is awarded to any U.S. service member who performed duty in the Republic of Korea between June 27, 1950 and June 27, 1954.

Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 Bronze Stars)
  • Operation Desert ShieldStorm: August, 7 1990 – January 17, 1991

The Southwest Asia Service Medal is awarded for military service between August 2, 1990 and November 30, 1995 for participation during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. To be awarded the decoration a service member must also have served in the geographical land areas of any of the following nations:

  • Iraq
  • Kuwait
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Oman
  • Bahrain
  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • Desert ShieldDesert Storm

The Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon is granted to any member of the U.S. Navy or United States Marines who are assigned to a Naval Afloat Command and who perform ninety or more consecutive days of a seaward deployment within a one year period.

Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
  • December 14, 1944 – January 22, 1945

The Philippine Presidential Unit Citation was awarded to any unit of the U.S. military which had served in the defense or liberation of the Philippine Islands. The decoration was again bestowed to U.S. military units for relief efforts during several natural disasters which occurred in the Philippines between 1970 and 1972.

Korean Presidential Unit Citation
  • November, 22 1951 – March, 31 1952

The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation is issued by the government of South Korea to both Korean military and foreign units. The last major issuance of the decoration was during the Korean War when the decoration was bestowed to several U.S., UK and Commonwealth military units. By order of the Korean government, the award was also retroactively authorized to every unit of the United States Army which had deployed to Korea between 1950 and 1954.

Philippine Liberation Medal (2 Bronze Stars)
  • World War II: December, 14 1944 – January 1945

The Philippine Liberation Medal was presented to any service member, of both Philippine and allied militaries, who participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands between the dates of October 17, 1944 and September 2, 1945.

United Nations Service Medal
  • Korea: November, 20 1951 – March, 31 1952

The United Nations Service Medal is awarded to any military service member of an Armed Force allied with South Korea who participated in the defense of Korea from North Korean aggression between the dates of June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954.

Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
  • Desert Storm: January, 17 1991 – February, 28 1991

The Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) is awarded to members of the Coalition Forces who participated in Operation Desert Storm and the liberation of Kuwait between the dates of January 17, 1991 and February 28, 1991.

Kuwait Liberation Medal (Emirate of Kuwait)
  • Kuwait: Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Awarded to members of the Military Coalition who served in support of Operation Desert Shield or Desert Storm in one or more of the following areas between August 2, 1990 and August, 31 1993: Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10º North latitude and west of 68º East longitude, as well as the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

Republic of Korea War Service Medal
  • November, 20 1951

The Republic of Korea War Service Medal was awarded to U.S. military personnel who:

  • served between the outbreak of hostilities, June 25, 1950, and the date the armistice was signed, July 27, 1953;
  • were on permanent assignment or on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days; and
  • performed their duty within the territorial limits of Korea, in the waters immediately adjacent thereto or in aerial flight over Korea participating in actual combat operations or in support of combat operations.